An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales - Night Scene, David Collins
  • Author
    David Collins
  • Born
    England, 1756
  • Died
    1810
  • Title
    An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales - Night Scene
  • Date of Production
    1802
  • Medium
    Book

David Collins

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales - Night Scene

Subtitle: with remarks on the Dispositions, Customs, Manners, &c. of the Native Inhabitants of that Country. To which are added, some particulars of New Zealand; compiled, by permission, from the Mss. of  Lieutenant-Governor King.

volume 1, 1798

...and an account of a voyage performed by Captain Flinders and Mr Bass; by which the existence of a Strait separating Van Dieman's Land from the continent of New Holland was ascertained...

volume 2, 1802

T. Cadell Jr & W. Davies, London, publishers
A. Strahan, London, printer, vol.2
Thomas Watling, artist (possible)
E.Dayes, J.Heath, S.J.Neele, engravers

These volumes are described as the first history of New South Wales, the plates giving topographically accurate views of the Sydney landscape of the 1790s.  The plates are highly regarded, believed to be after sketches by convict artist Thomas Watling, who also worked for John White.  The plates in the appendix are considered the earliest ethnographically accurate portrayal of Aboriginal inhabitants following settlement.